First Christian Church Elder Michael Baggett and wife, Linda, light the first candle of Advent. Photo by Sonny Parsons

Story and photo by Sonny Parsons

Michael and Linda Baggett minister to the First Christian congregation as they light the first candle of Advent representing HOPE! Jesus Christ is still the hope of the world.  During each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, a new candle is lit and its meaning is related to the congregation. Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love as names of Christ are represented and the white candle in the middle representing Christ is lit on Christmas. Emmanuel “God is with us” is seen in His coming.